Right off the top, the album opens with perfect pop tune "The Littlest League Possible," an upbeat, catchy song that sets the tone. "Writer's Block (Psycho All The Time)" has a steady churning guitar hook that changes midway with the aid of a great bridge, while "Child Activist" has a deep, sludgy guitar-fuelled rhythm and muffled Pollard lyrics. This begins a trend of garage-rock influenced tracks until halfway through, on "Evangeline Dandelion" and "Shine (Tomahawk Breath)," when Pollard's brilliant songwriting takes effect. Vocals and lyrics begin to be more within the foreground and Pollard's tongue-in-cheek wit and clever wordplay takes hold.
As most GBV songs clock in at two minutes or less, the most surprising track here is a nearly three-minute "I Am Columbus." The only fear with Motivational Jumpsuit is that, 21 albums and countless members into GBV's career, it will get lost in the shuffle, but given the quality, who's counting? (Guided By Voices Inc.)